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Exchanging fund-raising ideas

Kate Palmer, 15, gets face painted by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, and the Mayoress Patricia Porthouse along with other young people from the event
Kate Palmer, 15, gets face painted by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, and the Mayoress Patricia Porthouse along with other young people from the event

Young people from across South Tyneside who have taken part in recent cultural exchanges were joined by the Mayor of South Tyneside at a fundraising event.

The teenagers organised a fundraising night for friends and family to help raise money for The Percy Hudson Trust Fund.

The trust gives grants to young people from South Tyneside and helped to establish the link with South Tyneside’s twin town Wuppertal in Germany, when Percy Hudson himself helped develop a relationship between the two towns with the help of a Luftwaffe Officer after the Second World 
War.

Young people from the borough who recently took part in a cultural exchange to Germany were supported by the trust, who provided spending money.

To thank the trust, teenagers who have been on recent cultural exchanges to Germany and Epinay in France organised a range of activities for young people and their families to enjoy, including face-painting, arts and crafts, a climbing wall and photo booth as well as a range of French and German cuisine to try.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, said: “I was delighted to attend the fundraising event and support a charity that has helped young people across the borough.

“It filled me with great pride to see these teenagers take the initiative to organise an event like this and give something back.”

One of the young people, Joshua Robinson, who helped organise the fundraising event added: “It is amazing to have the chance to go oversees and to experience new things, make new friends and learn more about the world.”